49ers Give Veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo Permission to Seek Trade

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in 2017. Photo by Valerie Shoaps/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The 49ers look ready to start the Trey Lance era in San Francisco. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team recently allowed veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to seek a trade that would clear the room for Lance to be the 49ers’ undisputed starter.

The franchise hoped to move Garoppolo shortly after the 2021 season, but the 30-year-old player underwent shoulder surgery around that time, and the market for him cooled off. Now Garoppolo has been cleared to play football again, which probably made the 49ers feel better about sending him out of San Francisco.

Garoppolo has led the 49ers to playoffs twice in the past three seasons, including a Super Bowl trip in 2019 and an NFC Championship appearance in 2021. However, despite his success, San Francisco believes they can be even better with Lance, whom they took third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

It is unclear where Jimmy Garoppolo might end up if he leaves the 49ers before the season starts. He was previously linked with the Carolina Panthers, but they probably don’t have much interest after acquiring Baker Mayfield. The Seattle Seahawks might be an option, although it is unclear how Garoppolo fit in their offense.

Garoppolo has a 31-14 record as a starter since arriving to the 49ers in a trade from the New England Patriots. In these past five years, he threw for 11y162 yards, 66 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions.